by Charles Weller May 09, 2019
Agave Inulin is a carbohydrate and a natural sweetener with a clean, mildly sweet flavor that makes it a great substitute for refined sugar. Its low impact on sugar and high in prebiotics makes it suitable for those with blood sugar sensitivities and gastrointestinal concerns.
Inulin is categorized under a class of compounds called fructans, made up of fructose molecules linked together in a way that’s not easily digested by the gastrointestinal tract. Instead, it moves to the lower gut to function as a prebiotic or food source for the beneficial bacteria. Inulin is converted into short-chain fatty acids by gut bacteria, to nourish colonic cells. Inulin is low in sugar as well as low in calories providing two calories per gram. Inulin is a soluble fiber found in many plants such as chicory root, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, jicama, and onion.
There’s growing research that agave inulin has potential in improving digestive health, promote healthy weight, relieve constipation, and help encourage healthy blood sugar levels. Recent studies have shown that inulin improves several markers for the heart by reducing cholesterol and blood triglycerides. Inulin has been shown in research to increase magnesium and calcium absorption, improving overall bone density and mineralization, especially in children.
Organic agave inulin is soluble in water with a mildly sweet taste, serving as a great option for flavoring beverages and various recipes. Agave inulin powder is used to help improve the texture of low-fat snacks as well as help baked foods to stay moist and tender. Add a teaspoon of agave inulin powder to sweeten your favorite beverage or as a sugar substitute in dishes.
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